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Moyzes: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Slovak, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 06/08/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573650  
Composer:  Alexander Moyzes
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Along with Suchon and Cikker, Alexander Moyzes was one of the leading Slovak composers of his generation. His compositional style was inspired by the folk music and beautiful landscapes of his native land, but also took account of contemporary trends in European music after the First World War. These early symphonies, infused with Moyzes’ masterful orchestration and control of counterpoint, signify a new period in 20th century Slovak music. This album is a reissue of a previous release from 2000 that was part of the Marco Polo complete Moyzes symphonic cycle. Fanfare wrote of the original release: “A [release] no collection of 20th century symphony can do without. Bring on the remaining 10!” ClassicsToday.com wrote: “Moyzes’ music is Read more engaging, well crafted, and beautifully orchestrated- qualities clearly understood and successfully conveyed by Ladislav Slovak and his Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 4 by Alexander Moyzes
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1936; Czech Republic 
Symphony no 2 in A minor, Op. 16 by Alexander Moyzes
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932/1941; Czech Republic 

Customer Reviews

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 Welcome reissues January 3, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In the olden days, Naxos released mid-priced basic repertoire recordings under their own name and more esoteric music under full-priced Marco Polo ("the label of discovery"). It's always good when Marco Polo title are rereleased under the Naxos label. It exposes the music to a wider potential audience, as Naxos' lower prices encourage listeners to take a chance. In the case of the Alexander Moyzes symphonies, it isn't much of a gamble. Moyzes was a major figure in Slovak music. Moyzes taught three generations of Slovak composers, influencing the direction of classical music in the region. Moyzes successfully blended traditional music with classical forms. It created a rich, vibrant style that was readily accessible to audiences both in and outside the region. Moyzes first symphony premiered in 1929. Moyzes reworked it, toning down the folk elements. The completed 1937 revision is what Ladislav Slovák and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded. The work is a lyrical, post-Romantic gem. I was much reminded of Josef Suk, but with a more cosmopolitan sound. Moyzes' Second Symphony in A minor was completed in 1932. Like the first, it received substantial revision, losing a movement in the process. The finished version of 1941 has just two movements. The second features a fugue that continues to build in intensity. I heard parallels with Prokofiev works of the same period, but Moyzes is his own man. Ladislav Slovák leads the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in spirited performances of these works. This series was originally released in 2000, but the quality of the recordings hold up well. For anyone interested in the music of the 20th Century, or music of Eastern Europe, these are symphonies worth exploring." Report Abuse
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